Are you interested in trying out CBD to help treat symptoms from a chronic, difficult-to-treat health condition?
Many people are finding that CBD products such as oils, vapes, tinctures, and pills can ease symptoms that have proven untreatable or that have only been treatable with side effect-laden opioids. If you’re interested in incorporating CBD into your treatment plan, you’re probably wondering what type is the best for your needs and where to purchase it from. Here is everything you need to know about finding the best CBD for your unique situation.
First Things First: What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive chemical component found in hemp and cannabis. CBD can have a number of therapeutic effects including anti-inflammatory, stress and anxiety calming, pain relief, and mood enhancing. When paired with THC, the psychoactive chemical component in cannabis, the effects can be enhanced and treat everything from migraines to the negative side effects of medications for cancer and AIDS patients.
Depending on whether it is sourced from hemp or cannabis, CBD products can have anywhere from no THC up to 20% (or more) THC. This means that different types of CBD are not only appropriate for different individuals, but also that different types of CBD products are only legal if you live in certain areas and/or if you have a medical marijuana ID card.
Is CBD Legal Where I Live?
If you would like to try CBD to treat your health condition, you must first determine the laws that apply in your state. If you live in a state where recreational and medical marijuana are legal, you will be able to purchase CBD in any form, even if it is combined with higher levels of THC. These types of CBD products are usually good for treating chronic pain, seizures, nausea, and gastrointestinal disorders.
If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal but recreational marijuana is not, you should still be able to buy most types of CBD products—even those that contain higher levels of THC — but will have to be in possession of an ID card to do so.
If you live in a state where neither medical or recreational marijuana is legal, it is likely that you will only be able to buy hemp-derived CBD with under 0.3% THC. This type of CBD can still have therapeutic properties and is often a good choice for those with anxiety as THC can aggravate this condition.
How Do I Choose the Right Type of CBD Product?
Much of your decision about the type of CBD product to buy will be based on where you live. If you live in a state where you are able to buy CBD with higher levels of THC, the decision becomes more complicated and will be based on how you tolerate the psychoactive component of cannabis. You may only be able to find out how you tolerate this chemical by trying it.
Some people prefer to use CBD products with low levels of THC due to their aversion to experiencing a ‘high’ with the product or because they want to transport the CBD across state lines. Keep in mind that even if you live in a state where high THC products are legal, you can only carry them across state lines if they are under 0.3% THC.
Other than trying out different products for yourself, the best way to find out which CBD product is best for your needs is to speak with a knowledgeable professional.
If you need to get your medical marijuana card to buy the type of CBD you want, you can ask your mmj doctor about different types, dosages, and forms of CBD and how they will affect your specific health condition. You can also talk with experienced dispensary staff who have worked with products and patients and have direct knowledge of how different types of CBD therapies work.
When Can I Buy the Best CBD for My Needs?
If you live in a state where you can only buy hemp-based CBD, you can find a reputable online retailer or go to your local health food or specialty store. If you choose to buy CBD online, make sure to look at online reviews to find a store with a good reputation. If you’d rather buy in person at a local establishment, ask friends and family member for recommendations or visit the stores and talk with the staff to get a good idea of their customer service and knowledge about CBD therapies.
If you live in an area where medical and/or recreational CBD is legal, choose a reputable local or online medical marijuana doctor to get your ID card, then find a licensed dispensary in your state that you trust to fulfill all your CBD needs.
CBD can be a very beneficial therapy for those who have difficult to treat medical conditions such as chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, anxiety, or nausea. Finding the best CBD product for you is key in ensuring you are abiding by the law and choosing a therapy that is effective.